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i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: italy declares a state of emergency in genoa after the motorway bridge collapse kills at least 39 people, but some amazing stories of escape. people were running, screaming in italian. run, run. out, out, cars. ca rs. italian. run, run. out, out, cars. cars. literally, we werejust, kids, kids, run. we didn't know what was happening. in afghanistan, a suicide attack at an educational centre near kabul kills at least 48 people, most of them teenagers. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme: the australian senator condemned for an immigration speech that used the term final solution. he's refusing to apologise. and crazy rich asians, it's the first hollywood movie in 25 years to be led by an all—asian cast. live from our studios in singapore
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and london. this is bbc world news. it's newsday. good morning. glad you could join us on the programme. it's 7am in singapore, midnight in london and iam in the italian city of genoa, where a state of emergency has been declared following tuesday's bridge disaster. prime minister giuseppe conte also said he would make five million euros available from central funds following the collapse, which left 39 people dead and dozens injured. our correspondent, james reynolds, sent this report from genoa. can there be anyone left underneath all this? to find out, rescuers will have to search under every
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broken concrete slab. but signs of life from beneath the rubble have now died away. translation: we haven't heard any cries since yesterday afternoon, but we may still find survivors. looking up, you can see that some vehicles have been abandoned right on the edges of the section which is still standing, just ahead of the collapse. a few more seconds, and those drivers would have crashed to the ground. they were all incredibly lucky to survive. nicola and lisa henton—mitchell, from oxfordshire, were here on holiday with their two kids. they told me they were driving towards the bridge when they saw a commotion up ahead. people started shouting, waving their arms to reverse out the windows. and tooting horns and everything like that. and so we tried to reverse, and we couldn't go anywhere. and the car in front hit the front of our car,
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and people were running, screaming in italian, "run, out, out of cars, out of cars." so we just literally... "kids, run, run," because we didn't know what was happening. we made our sonjust run, and we sort of grabbed our daughter's hand and started running. but we couldn't pick her up because all the car doors were flying away from people everywhere, torrential rains coming down. screaming, and took her shoes off, because she was just going to sleep before. she hasn't got her glasses. we left everything in the car and we just ran for our lives. they took shelter in a motorway tunnel and waited for help. many other drivers ahead of them lost their lives. the victims include roberto robbiano. his wife, ersilia piccinino, and their seven—year—old son samuele. andrea cerulli was 48. he had a young son. he was killed on his way to work. 35—year—old father—of—four, luigi matti altadonna,
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was driving his work van. matteo bertonati, giovanni battiloro, gerardo esposito and antonio stanzione were all in their 20s, and on their way to spain. they had originally planned to fly, but they ended up hiring a car instead. the country's prime minister, giuseppe conte, in just his third month as italy's leader, promises immediate steps. translation: these are unacceptable tragedies, that should not happen in modern society. this government will do everything to prevent such tragedies from happening again. but this has been promised before, yet for years, successive governments failed to fix italy's crumbling infrastructure. many italians will ask why this new administration should be any different. earlier, james gave us an update on the efforts
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to find out why the bridge came down. the public prosecutor's office here in genoa will begin a criminal investigation. the prime minister says he wants anyone responsible to be held to account. mr conte now has access to special funds which will allow him to make this area safe, but beyond all that, italy faces wider questions. how has this country perpetuated, over so many years, a culture which has allowed its infrastructure to degrade? italy spends less money on its bridges and roads than other similarly sized european countries, and even when it does spend that money, it's often wasted on corruption and mismanagement. one engineer said about this bridge when it was standing that it was more expensive to maintain it than it would have been to simply knock it down and start all over again. so italy may have to consider trying to change the way its country works. james reynolds reporting there.
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more on our website. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. in the united states... the closing arguments have started in the case against president trump's former campaign chairman, paul manafort, who's on trial forfinancialfraud. the case is the first to arise from special counsel robert mueller‘s investigation into alleged russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. here's our washington correspondent, chris buckler. it all dates back to when he worked for pro russian parties in the ukraine, and it's not in anyway associated with the trump campaign. nonetheless, the white house has been watching this closely, not least because it's been brought by the special counsel, robert mueller, who is of course investigating allegations of russian appearance in the 2016 presidential election. again, it's nothing to do with that 01’ again, it's nothing to do with that or those claims of collusion but there's been a real political focus on itand there's been a real political focus on it and the trial itself is taking
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place just outside washington, but inside washington, they're watching this extremely closely. chris buckler there. also making news today: police in london have named the man who rammed a car into security barriers outside the houses of parliament on tuesday as salih khater. they say he's a uk national, originally from sudan. he was arrested at the scene on suspicion of terror offences. he has now also been arrested for attempted murder. president trump has revoked the security clearance of former cia director, john brennan. in a statement, he accused mr brennan of using his access to sensitive information to make unfounded allegations against his administration. mr brennan said the move was part of president trump's broader effort to suppress freedom of speech and punish critics. the security clearance of other former officials is also under review. the two women charged over the assassination of kim jong—nam, the half—brother of north korea's leader, are expected to find out later today whether or not they'll go on trial. a malaysian judge will shortly rule
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on the case against siti aisyah and doan thi huong, who are accused of smearing the lethal nerve agent vx over the face of mr kim at kuala lumpur international airport last year. the pair claim they believed they were playing roles in a prank television show. we'll speak live to our correspondent in kuala lumpar in an hour's time. new zealand's parliament has banned many foreigners from buying existing homes in the country. the move is aimed at making properties more affordable, and it only applies to non—residents. australians and singaporeans are exempt because of free—trade deals. briony sowden has more. new zealand is attractive for a number of reasons. it's become a sort of sanctuary for the well‘s rich. james cameron actually owns a property just rich. james cameron actually owns a propertyjust outside rich. james cameron actually owns a property just outside wellington rich. james cameron actually owns a propertyjust outside wellington and queenstown, which many people know
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asa queenstown, which many people know as a tourist hotspot, has a new resident, peter teal, the paypal founderfrom america. resident, peter teal, the paypal founder from america. he actually gained new zealand citizenship quite co ntroversially after gained new zealand citizenship quite controversially after eight days in the country. thanks for that update from briony. these post bags contain eight years‘ worth of mail which israel had been blocking from being delivered to the west bank. the ten tonnes of letters and parcels had been building up in jordan since 2010. israel has released the mail under a one—time agreement. palestinian postal staff injericho say the mail is likely to take a fortnight to sort and deliver. 48 people have been killed and 67 injured in a bomb explosion at an education centre in the afghan capital, kabul. many of those killed are believed to be teenagers who were getting extra tuition as they prepared for university entrance exams. the taliban has denied involvement. 0ur reporter, shoaib sharifi, has been to the scene of the kabul attack and sent this update.
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the police say the suicide bomber was on foot and entered through this centre into this very big classroom, housing at least up to 100 students, boys and girls, most of them young repairing for university entrance exam. the suicide bomber, according to be eyewitnesses, reached here and detonated his explosives, smashing everything, including the ceiling here. u nfortu nately here. unfortunately the casualties were very a lot. we can say it is not the exact but it is almost more than 120 boys... here? yes. two of them were injured, asi boys... here? yes. two of them were injured, as i have seen, but most of them unfortunately they have been killed. all the rooms of this classroom are
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stained with blood of students. eyewitnesses say many were killed and wounded in this incident. the taliban were quick to say they were not behind this attack, but in the recent past attacks on shi'ite centres like this in the west of kabul have been claimed by the so—called islamic state, daesh. an australian politician has refused to apologise for his use of the term final solution during a speech about immigration. the term was a euphemism used by the nazis to refer to their annihilation of the jewish people. senator fraser anning also suggested banning all muslim migrants from entering the country. kristina harazim has more. i believe that the reason for ending all further muslim immigration... fraser anning hasn't yet served a yearin fraser anning hasn't yet served a year in australian politics and already he's making headlines for all the wrong reasons. we have black african muslim gangs
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terrorising melbourne. we have isis sympathising muslims trying to go overseas to fight for isis. and while almost limbs are not terrorists, certainly all terrorists these days are muslims. senator anning, who is from the regional city of gladstone in the country's north, was elected to the upper house of parliament earlier this year. a day after making the statement and he refused to back down or apologise. talk to the people of australia that i do in bars and huts and places and you'll find most of them would like to back exactly what i said. mr anning is the sole senator representing katter‘s australian party. a minor party led by fellow queenslander bob katter. this was his first speech to the senate and what he said next sparked global outrage. the final solution to the immigration problem, of course, is a popular vote. senator anning's remarks are appalling. i condemn them and i
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reject them in their entirety. i have relatives who went through the holocaust. his comment about the final solution to immigration is insensitive, was ignorant, was divisive and was hurtful. but mr anning denies his words were a reference to the holocaust. it was two words, yes. it's up to you if you believe it's an inflammatory comment. party leader bob katter is one of his few supporters. he described mr anning's speech as solid gold. we asa anning's speech as solid gold. we as a race of people, we australians, are being buried by a mass immigration programme. immigration remains a hot topic in australia amid concerns aboutjobs and overcrowding in major cities, even as migration numbers continue to fall. kristina harazim, bbc news.
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you're watching newsday on the bbc. live from singapore and london. still to come on the programme: floods and landslides in southern india. in kerala, at least 43 people have been killed. also on the programme: a preview of crazy rich asians, the first hollywood movie in 25 years to be led by an all—asian cast. the big crowds became bigger as the time of the funeral approached. as the lines of fans became longer, the police prepared for a hugejob of crowd control. idi amin, uganda's brutalformer dictator, has died at the age of 80. he's been buried in saudi arabia, where he lived in exile since being overthrown in 1979. two billion people around the world
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have seen the last total eclipse of the sun to take place in this millennium. it began itsjourney off the coast of canada, ending three hours later, when the sun set over the bay of bengal. glad you're with us. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories: italy declares a state of emergency in genoa after the motorway bridge collapse that killed at least 39 people. in afghanistan, a suicide attack at an educational centre near kabul kills at least 48 people. and this story is
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popular on our website. scientists say they have discovered why some vegetables, including cabbage, broccoli and kale, can reduce the risk of bowel cancers. a new study shows that anti—cancer chemicals are produced as the vegetables are digested. you can read that story in full at bbc.com/news. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. one of the main stories in the gulf news is about pakistan's preparations for the appointment of the country's next prime minister who is expected to the former cricket star, imran khan. the new york times' focus is about the impacts of the trade battle between the us and china. the paper reports that in recent days, officials in china have
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summoned exporters to ask about plans to lay off workers or shift supply chains to other countries. and in the strait times, japan's emperor akihito expresses his deep regret for his country's actions during world war ii at a ceremony held in tokyo. it's the emperor's last appearance as reigning monarch at the annual event. he's due to abdicate next year. floods and landslides in southern india have killed at least 43 people. it's the worst flooding in almost a century and heavy monsoon rains are expected to continue throughout the week. rhodri davies has more. the elderly and the young are seeking safety across the indian state of kerala. seasonal, but
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severe rains have left people adrift in the worst flooding in nearly a century. the floods combined with landslides in the last week have killed thousands of people. 0thers are scrambling. translation: we haven't faced a rainfall of such magnitude in decades. we are focusing on staying alive. monsoon rains and winds that have left tens of thousands of people stranded and ever stated crop. it has been exacerbated by authorities having to open 35 dangerously full dams. sending a surge of water into rivers, many of which are overflowing. at least 54,000 people are displaced in the southern state. families are writing to shelters and camps, bringing stories of near escapes. just that when water came in we ran a wake with whatever we could grab. the water came very fast. we had to save our lives. we
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lost so many things, many of our belongings are still inside, we don't know what has happened to them. some of their homes are in pinarayi vijayan —— kerala's picturesque ‘s waters, many home to international tourist. but one of the main areas in the port city will only be opened on saturday, that is when the indian meteorological department expects that very heavy rains to continue. disaster management forces, army and navy are carrying out rescue attempts amid road and rail disruption. but with days of rain to come and the cities rural areas will be concerned that how many more people will need help. next week sees the release of the movie, crazy rich asians, here in singapore. it's just out in the united states, and it marks a significant milestone for hollywood because it's the first studio film set in the present day to be led by an all—asian cast in 25 years. if the movie is a success, it could bring forth a rush of other hollywood films with asian casts.
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from new york, tom brook reports. what about us taking an adventure? like queens? crazy rich asians, inspired by a bestseller tells the story of rachel, a chinese american professor in new york who travels with her 0xford educated boyfriend to meet his family in singapore, where he was born. there she discovers to her as amazement, that he is singapore ‘s most eligible bachelor and air to a fortune. this comedy chronicles her immersion into a world of extreme affluence and her tense relationship with her boyfriend ‘s mother. tense relationship with her boyfriend 's mother. she thinks you are some unrefined banana. yellow on the outside, white on the inside. asian—americans have been to prevent screenings of the movie in new york
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have viewed it as validating.|j screenings of the movie in new york have viewed it as validating. i have lived here my entire life, although i was born in china, i have never seen a i was born in china, i have never seen a film that has such an asian cast. crazy rich asians stands in stark contrast to most hollywood films where there is a dearth of asian stories and characters of. one survey has found among top hollywood films, asians represented less than one in 20 of all speaking characters of. do you want nick to be happy? 0ften of. do you want nick to be happy? often the asian characters that you appear on screen reinforce negative stereotypes. crazy rich asians tries to deliver more rounded, authentic depictions of asian men and women. is since i can remember my family has been my whole life. crazy rich asians has been the target of some protest, there were complaints that the leading man who has a white british father and malaysia mother
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was an asian for this film. there has also been some complete overrepresentation of singapore in the film, that the local malay and indian populations have been ignored. when it comes to the criticism, there is not a lot of brown figures were actors or people from malaysia or india in the film. absolutely there isn't enough, there should be more of these films to be able to represent everybody. but again, this is a step in the right direction. clearly there is a lot riding on crazy rich asians. its performance at the box office is going to be closely watched. its success at the box office will sort of paved the way and open doors for other films waiting in due to be greenlighted for production companies to distribute it to be funded. is people aren'tjust rich, their crazy rich! the release of crazy rich asians has been described asa crazy rich asians has been described as a watershed moment for asian representation. right now, it looks
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good, the film has been getting strong media exposure and it has been earning some very positive reviews. tom brook, bbc news, new york. iam i am really excited to watch crazy rich asians here in singapore next week! and of course, henry golding was a former presenter of the travel show up here on bbc. he certainly was. is it he doing incredibly well? anybody has been watching the bbc will know that for a long time he was the travel show‘s presenter. you are lucky because it is opening in singapore next week? that's right. in 1993 was the last time an asian film with an all asian cast were sown in hollywood, that wasjoy luck club. billion stuff. congratulations to henry as well, formerly from this
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parish. now lets turn to a matter of convenience, the plight of britain's public toilets. many councils in the uk, which operate them, are selling up. and as david george reports, it's left some people feeling a bit desperate. it's been a lovely day with hundreds, possibly thousands of people here on the beach at porth palin. at the root —— at the moment the council and toilets are very busy, but this is one of 35 which have been put out to tender. local groups or businesses can take over the building and put them to a new use. as long as they provide at least one public toilet. that is not enough for a whole beach full of people. it will be bad because the people. it will be bad because the people on the beach would get so close at. cargo into a restaurant to eat a meal with 50 people queueing to use the toilet. the council has now said they have received the tenders for the 35 public toilets is offering for reuse and it is now considering those plans. the fear is
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that they will become inconvenient conveniences. you have been watching newsday. and rico hizon in singapore. and kasha madeira in london. —— i'm kasia madeira in london. and before we go, let's take a look at these pictures. this is a pod of pilot whales who wandered into a narrow body of water in western iceland and got stuck there late sunday. police and rescue teams managed to drive them out, but they came back the next day. monday they were driven out again, but even further, so they'd be able to find their way back out to the ocean. it's thought the pod was around 100 whales. it's unclear why they wandered into the section of water. stay with bbc world news.
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hello there. we looking at quite a changeable spell of weather over the next few days, with some rain around. will certainly get some rain to the next 24 hours. the satellite picture shows a band of cloud pushing across the united kingdom today, this is a rain bearing cloud. we have seen three bands of rain that would tend to merge together into one as it moves its way across england and wales as we go on to the next few hours to some rain on the way to some of us. few are at early in the morning, a lot of clout for england and wales with bursts of heavy rain singing across western wales into midlands and central and southern england, a lot of clout added to that and it will feel humid, a fresher feel added to that and it will feel humid, a fresherfeel in added to that and it will feel humid, a fresher feel in the north—west. a lot of clout and widespread, frequent heavy and re— showers as we go through thursday morning. forecast to refer there. 0ur band of rain that will spread into east anglia and south—east england, as it pushes further
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eastwards it would tend to weaken at times of. the rain becomes a little bit like as it swings into kent. further north and west, a cloudy morning over southern and northern ireland, widespread heavy and at times thundery showers, a breezy day as well. sums on through those showers in the afternoon, less widespread in northern ireland and a bit of sunshine for wales and south—west england later in the day. friday, another area of low pressure steaming in off the atlantic this will bring a belt of heavy rain into northern ireland, there will also be some rain forced in scotland. after a dry and sunny start to the day across eastern counties of england, it will cloud over by teachers they try and quite a gusty day, with wind gusts of up to 30 mph in the north—west long with a band of rain. temperature wise, 16— 18 degrees across the north—west, two bridges near average in london, highs of 23. thing ahead to the weekend, somewhat
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weather on the way. it will be quite easy, the driest weather towards the south—east of england particularly on saturday. this area of low pressure has the remains of sub tropical storm ernesto that will bring a belt of heavy rain that will be working in across northern ireland and scotland through sunday. across northern parts of the uk, scotla nd across northern parts of the uk, scotland and northern ireland, picking up a belt of heavy rain on sunday copy further south meanwhile, will probably have drier conditions on sunday but still the threat of rather cloudy skies on sunday with some patchy pieces of rain especially in the west. that is your latest weather. i'm kasia madera with bbc news. our top story: the italian government has declared a state of emergency in genoa after the motorway bridge collapse. five million euros will be freed from central funds following the disaster, which left 39 people dead. rescuers say around 15 vehicles are still under the rubble, but there's little hope of finding more survivors. in afghanistan, there's
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been a suicide attack at an educational centre just west of the capital kabul. at least 48 people have been killed, scores of students were injured. and this story is popular on bbc.com. scientists beleive they've discovered why some vegetables, including cabbage, broccoli and kale can reduce the risk of bowel cancers. they says anti—cancer chemicals are produced as the vegetables are digested. that's all. stay with bbc world news. now on bbc news, hardtalk. stephen sackur speaks to iranian political analyst, professor mohammad marandi.
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